Irene Chen

Irene Chen

ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR
CHEMICAL AND BIOMOLECULAR ENGINEERING

5531 Boelter Hall

Email:

Websites

RESEARCH AND INTERESTS
  • Biomolecular design and evolution:
    • minimal synthetic cells
    • biomolecular fitness landscapes
    • bacteriophage-based nanotechnology
EDUCATION
  • Bauer Fellow, FAS Center of Systems Biology, Harvard University, 2007-2012
  • Ph.D. in Biophysics, Harvard University, (Advisor: Jack Szostak), 1999-2007
  • M.D. in Health Sciences and Technology, Harvard Medical School and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1999-2007
  • A.B. in Chemistry (summa cum laude), Harvard University, (Advisor: Gregory Verdine) 1995-1999
AWARDS AND RECOGNITION
  • Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award, 2018
  • Regents Junior Faculty Fellowship, 2017
  • NIH Director’s New Innovator Award, 2016
  • Hellman Family Faculty Fellowship, 2015
  • Searle Scholar Award, 2014
  • Investigator of the Simons Collaboration on the Origins of Life, 2013-2023
  • David White Research Award from the International Society for the Study of the Origin of Life (given triennially), 2011
  • G.E. and Science Prize for Young Life Scientists, 2006
  • Harold M. Weintraub Graduate Student Award, 2005
  • Barry M. Goldwater Scholar, 1998
  • Westinghouse Science Talent Search, 1st place, 1995

UCLA Engineering
×